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Double Cross by Ben Macintyre

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Published by Crown, July 2012 ****

This book is exactly what it claims to be:  The True Story of the D-Day Spies.  These brave individuals who defied the very dangerous Nazi regime to work for the Allies were a motley group from various nations and with diverse motives.  As these agents became more embroiled in feeding the Nazi’s false information, so grew the idea to use them to distract the Germans from the main Normandy invasion.  It is because of these brave, though sometimes peculiar people that the Germans were unprepared and misguided, and tens of thousands of Allied lives were saved.

Most surprising was not only how few spies the Germans sent to infiltrate the British, but how easily each of them was turned to play the double cross game.  Another surprise was just how gullible and trustworthy the Germans were of their supposed agents.  A combination of ineptness, overconfidence and laziness on the Nazi’s part allowed the double agents to constantly dupe their handlers.  My only major complaint with the book is its redundancy.  It is reiterated far too often that if such and such an agent is suspected to be working with the British, the Germans will become suspicious and so and so will be implicated and the whole system will be broken.  Yes, I get it, it’s dangerous work and there were constant threats of exposure, but I don’t need to be reminded of it every 5 pages. Overall, though, it was a fascinating subject with some outrageous characters and scenarios.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program.

Author: Julie Merilatt

I live in a Chicago suburb with my husband and a house full of books. Book collecting, reading, and reviewing consume my life. I have a special affinity for all things Alice in Wonderland. I began my education at Carthage College, wanting to be an English teacher. Eventually I decided that Carthage and I weren’t a good fit anymore, so I transferred to North Park University, where I realized I didn’t want to be a teacher. So I finished my education with a degree in English with a writing concentration. I was always a voracious reader and wrote my first review in April 2007. I don’t remember why exactly I decided to write a review, only that I had just finished The Agony and the Ecstasy and had a strong feeling that I needed to express how I felt about it. This inspired me to write reviews about each book I wrote and after posting on Amazon for two years, I was invited into the Amazon Vine program. I am also an active reviewer/member of Goodreads and enjoy being an active member of the online book community.

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